What Is the Best Monitor For Editing Photos?

A good monitor is very important for the quality of our photos. Is on our computer we process the photos and we finish them to send to his portfolio, for printing or for social network. Is the equivalent of the dark room, where movies were revealed and magnified.

Even those who do not usually handle your photos need to look for them on the computer screen and see if they’re ok to move on. In the end, it is necessary to at least save the files in the right size for print or even put a watermark on the photo to go to social network. IE: it’s always good to have a monitor that shows your picture faithfully.

But of all the options offered in the shops, which is the ideal monitor for photo?

Monitor types

You have probably seen around the existing types of monitors:

CRT: remember those fat screens we used a few years ago and called “tube”? Are CRT type and almost did not find more of them around.
LCD: is the skinny type that more use after retirement of the CRT.
LED: it is also thin, but has incredible power and economy soon, will be the most widely used technology.

CRT monitors are already retired, and today we are left with the choice between LCD and type LED.

Panel types

The technology used on the dashboard of your monitor is what will determine much of the quality of reproduction of images in it, according to smartercomputing. We have two main types *:

TN: is the cheapest and most widely used today in all types of screen. It’s a good technology for watching movies or playing games, but your representation of colors is not legal and therefore not very good for photo editing. Is what is present in most notebooks (except those Apple retina display).

IPS (and equivalents): is the kind of ideal monitor for photo editing, because it has a good color reproduction and can keep the same quality at different angles of view (that is, if you look a little sideways, you can see the same on the monitor, ensuring more accurately on the image.) The iMacs of the top line, as well as other products with retina display, Apple using this Panel.

What is the best monitor for editing photos?

Search for an IPS panel monitor or similar technology. The easiest way to do this:

  • Enter one of these price comparison sites, and look at the monitors in the line of price you want to pay (example.)
  • Look for the models that interest you on this site and see the type of Panel that it uses.
  • If you want to see more technical reviews on some good templates, use this site (it’s in English, but you can use Google to translate or search for reviews in Portuguese.)

A good monitor is not cheap, but worth it! You will not spend less than $600, and depending on the quality you can spend a lot more than that. As most of us mortals don’t have an endless budget to buy monitors, everything will depend on how much you can invest.

My printer, Geraldo Garcia, did the review of two Dell monitors on his blog, the U2410 and U2211H. Although they are old reviews, you can use these templates as a starting point for the most up-to-date options of products. The interesting thing is that, as with cameras, the best models last long (not out one every week.)

When in doubt, simply avoid cheap monitors and notebook, or just those that have a TN Panel, because they have a cheating color reproduction and you never know if you’re looking at it from the right angle. Without this precision is difficult to know if the photo is ok or if it’s the monitor that is cheating you!

And Lastly, but very important: after you purchase a good monitor is well calibrated to let you see exactly what he should be showing. You can use the applications for it (they already come with the operating system or the monitor), or you can use Accessories especially for this purpose.

* There are other options from the in addition to these, but the TN and IPS are the most common today.

Used as the basis of this post in English, which is a little outdated, but is still pretty good.